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Three Years Ago Today: Chris Kelly’s Square wonder strike!

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Square United's Chris Kelly playing against Woodview Celtic at Oriel Park. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

“Oh my God, what a f**king strike!” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. It’s three years ago to the day since Square United striker Chris ‘Gizzy’ Kelly scored what must surely be one of the best goals ever scored on the Boys School Field.

In a North East Football League Division 1 clash with Boyne Harps on a chilly Saturday afternoon, Kelly scored a most audacious volley from range, which beat the Harps goalkeeper all ends up and nestled in the net.

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A Boyne defender cleared the ball up the left flank under pressure from Jake Stuart. The clearance was straight at Kelly, who controlled with a chest and unleashed a superb volleyed strike from 30 yards out, wide on the right.

Ultimately, it wasn’t enough on the day however as Square – who also featured Pearce Callan, Andy Rogers, Shane Corrigan and Alan Mackin – went down 1-2 to the side from Drogheda.

The clip of the stunning strike has been viewed over 25,000 times on YouTube and was featured on Balls.ie, with Derek Farrelly the man credited with capturing the special moment on camera.

Kelly is currently out of action for Square after suffering a serious cruciate injury against Carrick Rovers earlier in the 2017/18 season.

The 25-year-old notched 10 goals last season as Square preserved their Division 1 status – including a hat-trick against Trim Town and braces against Kentstown Rovers and Navan Town as the season drew to a close. He ended the season as top scorer and was named the first team Player of the Season.

Before suffering his season ending injury, he scored two goals against Kentstown and Kells-Blackwater.

Note: It turns out this goal was scored on November 29th 2017, not November 30th – so we missed yesterday’s anniversary, but just go with us on this!

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